Fleur Kingham

President of the Land Court of Queensland
8 August 2016-

President Kingham is a graduate of The University of Queensland-Bachelor of Laws (Honours) (1982) and Bachelor of Arts (1988) and the University of Nottingham-Master of International Law (Dist) (1990).

President Kingham was secretary (1982) and the first female president (1983) of the University of Queensland Union. President Kingham was a student senator (1984-87) and convocation representative (1989-1992) for the University of Queensland senate. President Kingham was a founding member of the Women's Legal Service (1984).

President Kingham was appointed associate to the Hon John Macrossan AC of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1984 and was admitted as a barrister of the Supreme Court of Queensland in 1985. In 1986 President Kingham was admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and as a solicitor and barrister of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

President Kingham was the recipient of the Lionel Murphy Foundation Scholarship for study in science and law in 1989 which President Kingham used to undertake a Masters of International Law at the University of Nottingham. President Kingham also received the Ince & Co Prize for Law of International Trade from the University of Nottingham (1990).

Between 1991 and 2000 President Kingham continued her association with the University of Queensland; as lecturer (1991-2000) and director (1992-95) of the Master of Environmental Management Program.

President Kingham was the founding president of the Arts Law Centre of Queensland (1991) and a founding co-convenor of 2020 Vision (1993). President Kingham has served as a member of the Board of Port of Brisbane Authority (1999-2000) and the NRMA Queensland Advisory Board (1997‐2000).

President Kingham served as treasurer of the Queensland Environmental Law Association (1994-97) and was a mediator and facilitator for the Department of Justice and Attorney-General's Alternative Dispute Resolution Centre from 1994 to 2000.

President Kingham practised as a private consultant specialising in the areas of environmental law, management and training from 1998 to 2000.

Prior to being appointed President of the Land Court, President Kingham was a member of the Land Court of Queensland (2004-06), deputy president of the Land and Resources Tribunal (2000-06), the first deputy president of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (2009-2012) and held commissions in the Childrens Court of Queensland (2006-2016) and the Planning and Environment Court (2006-2016). President Kingham was appointed a judge of the District Court of Queensland in 2006. President Kingham resigned as a judge of the District Court effective 7 August 2016 to take up her commission as President of the Land Court.

In 2010 President Kingham was awarded the Queensland Law Society's Agnes McWhinney Award for outstanding professional contribution by a woman lawyer.

President Kingham is a continuing member of the Griffith Law School Visiting Committee (2004-) and was made an honorary Doctor of Griffith University in 2016.

President Kingham was featured in 'A Woman's Place: 100 years of Queensland Women Lawyers', published by the Supreme Court Library Queensland in 2005.

Major Works

President Fleur Kingham, Land Court of Queensland, 'Deference to the Administration in Judicial Review in Australia', chapter in 'Deference to the Administration in Judicial Review', published 23 November 2019


'Reforming Queensland's Tribunals: procedural reform to realise the rhetoric' (2004) 14(1) Journal of Judicial Administration 31

'Participation Options for Objectors to Mining Projects in the Land and Resources Tribunal (Queensland)' (2003/2004) 9(45) Qld Environmental Practice Reporter 183

'Update on the Jurisdiction of the Land and Resources Tribunal' (2000) 6(30) Qld Environmental Practice Reporter 166

'The Land and Resources Tribunal, the New Dinosaur on the Block' (2000) 6(29) Qld Environmental Practice Reporter 135


‘ADR and Expert Evidence options for a Regional Environmental Tribunal’ - Inaugural IUCN Oceania Environmental Law Conference. 14 July 2021

'Rights-Based Environmental Advocacy - Coming to a Court Near You'  - QELA Updates from the Bench: Developments in Practice, Procedure and Case Law, 25 March 2021

'The Impact of Environmental Law on Indigenous Women in Australia' - IAWJ Biennial Conference, 8 May 2021

'What's gender got to do with it? - Pride in Law 4th Annual Address, Banco Court, 13 November 2020

‘Using ADR Techniques to Enhance the Integrity and Utility of Expert Evidence’ - National Mediation Conference, Canberra 16 April 2019

'The Social Licence to Operate - opportunities and implications for practice' - Queensland Law Society ADR Conference, Brisbane 22 February 2019

'Climate change litigation' - Environmental Defenders Office Climate Law Update, Banco Court, 18 September 2018

'The Future of Ecological Governance and Regulation in Northern Australia' - Griffith University Law Futures Centre 2017 Annual Conference, 24 November 2017

'Guidelines for Expert Evidence in the Land Court' - Australian Property Institute (API) National Property Conference, Gold Coast, 3 November 2017

'Hearing Objections to Mining Projects: an Enigma Wrapped in Obscurity?' - QELA - Capture the moment - Conference, Surfers Paradise, 11 May 2017

'The Challenge of an Administrative Function' - Presentation to a Workshop of Environmental and Planning Courts and Tribunals, Auckland, 12 April 2017

'Reputation, who cares?' - Lecture to the University of Southern Queensland Law School, 17 March 2017

'Maximising your impact as an advocate: A view from the Bench' - Lecture in the Queensland Law Society’s Modern Advocates Lecture Series, 2 March 2017

'The Land Court - Looking Forward' - QELA Seminar: An Evening with the President, 23 February 2017

'Presentation/speech' to Griffith University Law School Writing Retreat, 13 February 2017

'Refresher on the Planning and Environment Court' (Paper presented at the Queensland Law Society Property Law Conference, Surfers Paradise, 28 November 2008)

'Human rights and Environmental rights: Implications of a "right based" approach for mining in Australia' (Paper presented at the Queensland Environmental Law Association Conference 2003, Surfers Paradise, 8 May 2003)

'Evaluating Quality in Court-Annexed Mediation' (Paper presented at the 6th National Mediation Conference, Canberra, 19 September 2002)

'Land and Resources Tribunal ADR for Prevention and Cure' (Paper presented at the 4th National Mediation Conference, Brisbane, 18 May 2000)